Tips for Road Trips with Small Children

Do you have a family road trip on your bucket list? Whether you’re heading to visit family or return to your favorite beach for a fun filled summer vacation, advance planning can make all the difference in the world between a smooth trip and one filled with stress and anxiety. Follow these recommendations from the travel experts to ensure your road trip is a huge success.

The first step is to confirm your dates, budget and destination. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and save big bucks on a van or SUV rental from Alamo car rental. Your family car may well be on its last leg, or you’d like to treat the family to a fun week in a new car with plenty of room for luggage and family members alike. Book your rental well in advance as larger vehicles tend to be reserved early during the busy travel months. Renting a car will eliminate any anxieties about the ability of your car to make the trip without incurring any maintenance issues. Consider booking the car for pick up the day prior to your scheduled departure. This will allow plenty of time to become familiar with the vehicle and pack luggage and other items needed for the family road trip.

Engage your children, where age appropriate, on selecting games and activities for the road trip. Know that excess screen time watching movies and playing games will ensure your children are irritable and cranky upon arrival. Consider the family road trip a time to make family memories. From the traditional ‘I spy’ games to extended story-telling, the children will cheerfully participate provided parents show enthusiasm and engagement as well. Finally, select healthy snacks and drinks for the road trip. Avoid overly sugary or salty items and consider fresh fruit and nuts instead. Select water over sugary sodas. Plan on stopping at least every two hours for all family members to stretch, use the facilities and switch drivers. Best of luck on your family road trip!